Gurram Kartheek

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What Should American Jews Make of Ivanka Trump?

She’s the Orthodox daughter of David Duke’s favorite candidate for president—and a perfect cipher for the anxiety of assimilation.<p>The biblical story of Esther is an imperfect allegory for the Trump family, but as for Ivanka, the comparison isn’t half bad.* Esther is a Jewish woman who conceals her …

The Burden of Being Asian American on Campus

The arrival of Chinese international students comes at a cost to some.<p>When my father was a graduate student at Loyola University in Chicago, two distinct things marked his day: the “L” and instant noodles. It was 1998 in a studio apartment in Rogers Park below the Red Line. Every night, the sounds …

College & University

The Best World Wildlife Photographs Of 2015

The Natural History Museum, London owns an exhibition called Wildlife Photographer of the Year. This prestigious international wildlife exhibition started in 1964, and is held annually. 42,000 photographs from 96 countries were submitted to the 2016 international competition; only 100 of them were …

How American Politics Went Insane

It happened gradually—and until the U.S. figures out how to treat the problem, it will only get worse.<p><b>I</b>t’s 2020, four years from now. The campaign is under way to succeed the president, who is retiring after a single wretched term. Voters are angrier than ever—at politicians, at compromisers, at …

The Price of Union

The undefeatable South.<p>When the Confederate States of America seceded, the response of the United States of America was firm: dissolving the Union was impermissible. By contrast, it took a few more years for the United States to resolve the question of whether it would permit slavery within its own …

In Defense of Gentrification

The prevailing narrative ignores an abundance of evidence that relatively few low-income neighborhoods get gentrified—and when they do, there’s much less displacement than is commonly assumed.<p>When higher-income people start moving into lower-income neighborhoods, how does that affect longtime …

Saving Syria’s ‘Lost Generation’

Should universities be doing more to help the country’s displaced students and scholars?<p>It wasn’t long after the onset of the Great Recession that academics and headline writers began referring to recent college graduates as a “lost generation.” Faced with unemployment rates for their cohort higher …

The Sexism of School Dress Codes

These policies can perpetuate discrimination against female students, as well as LGBT students.<p>Maggie Sunseri was a middle-school student in Versailles, Kentucky, when she first noticed a major difference in the way her school’s dress code treated males and females. Girls were disciplined …

What Makes Up the Moon?

The Apollo 11 landing was a chance to do some cool moon science, and the findings are cleverly animated in this documentary by Sharon Shattuck and Ian Cheney. Commissioned by the Onassis Cultural Center NY, Shattuck and Cheney's film weaves the tale of Narcissus with the story of how astronauts …

Welcome to Samoa, An Actual Country

I remember it well, spending three hours at Gatwick Airport in the UK, while the Customs agents tried to locate one of their people who knows what a Samoan passport looks like, to verify the existence of my country. They found an agent finally, who came over, took my passport and declared: "Sorry, …

America's Growing Pessimism

A recent poll shows that people are worried about education, the elderly, and the decisions of business leaders and the government.<p>When Americans look to the future, two mega-trends evoke the most optimism about the nation’s long-term trajectory, the latest Allstate/<i>National Journal</i> Heartland …

How Has Technology Changed the Concept of Community?

For some, making connections has become easier, but others say that life has become more isolated.<p>At a time when Americans can flick a keyboard or swipe a touchscreen to connect with products, people, and information from anywhere in the world, are they in danger of disconnecting from their own …

No, Scientists Have Not Found the ‘Gay Gene’

The media is hyping a study that doesn’t do what it says it does.<p>This week, a team from the University of California, Los Angeles claimed to have found several epigenetic marks—chemical modifications of DNA that don’t change the underlying sequence—that are associated with homosexuality in men. …

The Case for Getting Rid of Borders—Completely

No defensible moral framework regards foreigners as less deserving of rights than people born in the right place at the right time.<p>To paraphrase Rousseau, man is born free, yet everywhere he is caged. Barbed-wire, concrete walls, and gun-toting guards confine people to the nation-state of their …

Human Rights

How the World Perceives the New American Dream

And why today’s dream doesn’t export as well as the original<p>The American dream has always been global. In 1931, when the historian James Truslow Adams first introduced the concept, he credited the dream with having “lured tens of millions of all nations to our shores.” Yet in recent years, a …

Islamism, the Arab Spring, and the Failure of America’s Do-Nothing Policy in the Middle East

It was nice to think the region’s uprisings weren’t about the United States, or didn't have to be. But in part they were, and they did.<p>In the years leading up to the Arab Spring, Islamist parties developed something of an obsession with the role of Western powers in supporting democracy in the Arab …

A Prize for the Jasmine Revolution

The Quartet that worked to ensure a peaceful democratic transition in Tunisia in 2013 has been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.<p>The four organizations that worked to ensure a peaceful democratic transition in Tunisia in 2013, in the aftermath of the political unrest that followed the 2011 …

Postscript: Grace Lee Boggs

For most of her remarkable one hundred years, Grace Lee Boggs saw herself as a revolutionary, and her adopted home town of Detroit as the Midwestern front of that revolution. Despite the frustrations of living in a counterrevolutionary time, and in a city that suffered a lot of setbacks and …

How California’s Fair Pay Act Will Help Women

On Tuesday, California governor Jerry Brown chose a fitting location to sign a state bill aimed at narrowing the gap between men’s and women’s wages—a national park named after Rosie the Riveter, the cultural icon modelled after several real-life working women. Rosie, with her don’t-mess-with-me …

The Populist Prophet

Bernie Sanders has spent decades attacking inequality. Now the country is listening.<p>If you attended a Bernie Sanders rally this summer, when his seemingly quixotic Presidential campaign began gathering force, you might have noticed a few surprising things about the crowd. One was the scarcity of …

Middle-class

The Rubble of Palmyra

ISIS did not merely blast apart old stones—it attacked the very foundations of pluralistic society.<p>If the ruined ruins of Palmyra could speak, they would marvel at our shock. After all, they have been sacked before. In their mute and shattered eloquence, they spoke for centuries not only about the …

The Power of Free Community College

In Tennessee, students are given an opportunity to obtain more education, without financial constraints.<p>Caitlin McLawhorn could nev­er have gone to col­lege, she says, without the free tu­ition she re­ceived to at­tend com­munity col­lege first and to earn an as­so­ci­ate’s de­gree.<p>Grow­ing up as …

Behold: NASA’s first image of the whole Earth in decades

If you think you’ve seen a new photograph of the full Earth taken by NASA in the last few decades, you’ve been tricked. It hasn’t taken a full Earth snapshot in 43 years—until now. Today (July 20) NASA released an image from the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), marking the first full-disk …

Space

Pope Francis and the American Culture War

What would the pontiff say about feelings of religious persecution on the political right?<p>In September, Pope Francis will visit the United States for the very first time. His trip is guaranteed to be interesting, partly because this pope often does and says unpredictable things to great effect, and …

Do Horoscopes All Say the Same Thing?

An empirical look at the Zodiac through word-frequency analysis.<p>Here’s my horoscope for July 3, 2015, according to my hometown newspaper:<p>This is the perfect day to come up with a new approach on how to deal with shared property, taxes, debt, or inheritances. You're full of inventive ideas and …

Empathy: Overrated?

Be kind, show understanding, do good—but, some scientists say, don’t try to feel others’ pain.<p>In 2006, then-senator Barack Obama gave a commencement speech offering what seemed like very sensible advice. “There’s a lot of talk in this country about the federal deficit,” he told Northwestern’s …

Can Religion and Science Coexist?

A new book by the evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne tackles arguments that the two institutions are compatible.<p>In May 1988, a 13-year-old girl named Ashley King was admitted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital by court order. She had a tumor on her leg—an osteogenic sarcoma—that, writes Jerry Coyne in …

Should Google Always Tell the Truth?

Search-engine architects must decide when their creations should act as a kind of expert and when they should neutrally direct people to what they are seeking.<p>What is Google’s responsibility to its searchers? In a Thursday panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Jonathan Zittrain*, a professor of …

Seeing the World Through the Eyes of Chimpanzees

Farah Pandith cites Jane Goodall as a figure who helped her learn the value of different perspectives.<p>This week, I’m sharing responses to the question, “What insight or idea has thrilled or excited you?” This installment comes from Farah Pandith, a senior fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations …

Chimpanzees